Originally Posted by Minnewaska
Yet, so many cry bloody murder that the bank that owns the ATM wants to charge you a fee. I find paying to take money from a bank that doesn't even have my account to be the fee that makes the most sense. How much would you charge a stranger to give them money out of your wallet and then go to their bank to get it back. It is amazing. It wasn't all that long ago that each bank issued their own currency. If you got too far from home, no one would accept it.
I have NO issue at all with atm fees
what I do have issue with is the undislcosed stuff that you later learn about...
I got so good with my bank wells fargo that when I travelled they automatically checked up on me...asking if indeed I had been out of the country, withdrawing x amounts etc...
sometimes though I would get a really extreme charge on both ends of the withdrawal
I wish I remember what country and what atm it was...
my point was that I search those banks and atms that have a good partnership with whatever bank it is I have back "home"
for example here in el salvador the best bank for me to withdraw money from was CITI bank
I did not get a fee back home, and I only had a 2.50 fee on citis atm
now if I went to other banks I could get as high as $10 fee and a charge back home
the most I ever got charged back home was $15 plus an atm fee of around $10 PLUS the currency exchange rate
meaning for $500 withdrawal say in an unknown atm in yemen or wherever, I would lose $25 right off the bat, then lose around 5-8% for the excahnge rate that went to the atm of said bank
so thats another 25 bucks or so...so you lose a lot
thats why its important to check on what banks worldwide are partners with your bank back home
you can save a lot of money and hassle
a lot of atms simply deny you a withdrawal for some reason, if that happens once dont try and do it again and again...use another brand of bank atm...